acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming; acclaims

Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : applaud, praise Critics acclaimed her performance.
2 : to declare by acclamation was acclaimed president of the society

intransitive verb

: to shout praise or applause

acclaim

noun

Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of acclaiming
2 : praise, applause She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.

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Other Words from acclaim

Verb

acclaimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acclaim

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of acclaim in a Sentence

Verb The critics have acclaimed her performance. she has long been acclaimed by the critics for her realistic acting Noun Her performance in the ballet earned her critical acclaim. She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Players watched video clips of a woman being interviewed by police about the death of her husband in that game, which was critically acclaimed. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "E3 2019: Seek out these off-the-wall video games for experiences beyond the norm," 14 June 2019 Donen was also acclaimed for sparkling, sophisticated romantic comedies and thrillers, reteaming with Audrey Hepburn for 1963’s Charade and 1967’s Two for the Road. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "Remembering the Stars We Lost in 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 The movie was critically acclaimed, receiving a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes along with high marks across several other platforms. NBC News, "Director Lulu Wang held a Q&A for the sole man watching 'The Farewell' in theater," 16 Oct. 2019 Though the two most nominated films—The Favourite and Roma—are acclaimed and generally well-liked, there were plenty of divisive choices on the list, not to mention the inevitable slew of disappointing snubs. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "8 Snubs, Surprises, and New Records Set By The 2019 Oscar Nominations," 22 Jan. 2019 Today, they're acclaimed by critics and coveted by consumers in Australia and beyond. Bruce Schoenfeld, Saveur, "Australia: The Wine Destination of the Year," 2 Sep. 2015 Their project was immediately acclaimed, but the resulting rush — the festival circuit, production work for Kanye West, and an invasive industry clamoring for more — left the two artists exhausted. Will Schube, Billboard, "Why Did TNGHT Return After a Seven-Year Break? 'No One Really Wanted Us To Go Away In the First Place'," 12 Nov. 2019 That honor instead will go to a notable Trump critic, celebrity chef Jose Andres, whose humanitarian work has been widely acclaimed. BostonGlobe.com, "George W. Bush wore a bulletproof vest under his jacket when he threw a perfect strike from the Yankee Stadium mound during the 2001 World Series, not 10 miles from where the World Trade Center was attacked a month earlier.," 27 Oct. 2019 And there is a retro connection here for Borowitz, who, for most of this century, has been acclaimed as an East Coast practitioner of political parody. Mark Dawidziak, cleveland, "Andy Borowitz follows the funny to next career challenge, PBS and ‘Retro Report’," 5 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Awkwafina, who is repped by UTA, Artists First and Shreck Rose, most recently earned critical acclaim for her role in Lulu Wang's A24 drama, which earned her a Golden Globe Award. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Awkwafina to Star in 'The Baccarat Machine' About World's Greatest Female Gambler," 12 Feb. 2020 Still, the label maintained a steady façade, earning acclaim for standout releases like Wild Pink’s Yolk in the Fur and Illuminati Hotties’ Kiss Yr Frenemies in 2018. Chris Payne, Billboard, "How the Plight of Beleaguered Label Tiny Engines Could Bring New Solutions to Indie Rock," 30 Jan. 2020 Rivera, whose last book Dealing in Dreams earned critical acclaim, draws from Latinx traditions of spirituality, folklore, and storytelling. David Canfield, EW.com, "Exclusive preview: Lilliam Rivera's next novel spins a Bronx-set Greek myth retelling," 30 Jan. 2020 Interestingly, Parasite, which has earned widespread acclaim for Bong including Oscar nominations for Original Screenplay, International Feature Film, and Best Picture, is also missing individual accolades for its all-Korean cast of actors. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "What does the ‘Parasite’ best ensemble win at the SAG Awards mean for the Oscars?," 20 Jan. 2020 Uncut Gems, the Safdie Brothers’ latest film starring Adam Sandler, was released to high acclaim, but was also fully ignored in the Academy Award nominations. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About the 2020 Oscars," 4 Feb. 2020 Fifty years ago, her searing supporting role in 'Last Summer' led to critical acclaim and Academy recognition, but the actress soon disappeared from Hollywood, leaving her fans and showbiz admirers searching for answers. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Catherine Burns: The Vanishing of an Oscar-Nominated Actress," 3 Feb. 2020 Tashi performed it more than 100 times, often with its young players dressed in dashikis or tunics, and recorded it to acclaim in 1975. New York Times, "Peter Serkin, 72, Dies; Pianist With Pedigree Who Forged a New Path," 1 Feb. 2020 Bearden exhibited twenty-one of them to widespread critical acclaim in the fall of 1964. Sarah Elizabeth Lewis, The New York Review of Books, "Romare Bearden: Assembling America," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of acclaim

Verb

1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclaim

Verb

borrowed (with assimilation to claim entry 1) from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamer, borrowed from Latin acclāmāre "to shout (at or in reaction to), raise an outcry, shout approval," from ad- ad- + clāmāre "to shout" — more at claim entry 1

Noun

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The first known use of acclaim was in 1626

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22 Feb 2020

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“Acclaim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acclaim. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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acclaim

verb
How to pronounce acclaim (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to praise (someone or something) in a very strong and enthusiastic way

acclaim

noun

English Language Learners Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

: strong approval or praise

acclaim

verb
ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming

Kids Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: praise entry 1 sense 1 The book was acclaimed by the critics.

acclaim

noun

Kids Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

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